New Interview of Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Diana Gabaldon and Ron D. Moore with Collider
Outlander just ended a really successful first season on Starz and premiered its gag reel at San Diego Comic-Con. We got a chance to chat with the cast and crew including Diana Gabaldan, writer of the series which the show is based on, Ronald D. Moore, the showrunner, Caitriona Balfe who plays Claire and Sam Heughan who plays Jamie.
Moore told us about some of the things that have changed from the book series. “There are more changes in the second season because the second book is more complex. It’s a much more difficult book to adapt. The second book switches point-of-view sometimes. It’s more political. It’s just the dynamics are more difficult to deal with. The first book had a cleaner straighter narrative that you looked at and sort of went, oh, we can break it down into these episodes. The second book just took more time. You’re sitting in the writers’ room shuffling pieces around, saying, well, if we couldn’t do this and we had to change it, is there another way we can get to the same piece in a different part of the story.
Heughan talked about his big challenge this season. “I guess we’re in a different world. Therefore Jamie and Claire are almost assuming different identities. Jumping in feet first was pretty difficult because we started shooting the first three episodes together. We were just trying to establish where they are in this world. All those questions – you suddenly realize Jamie isn’t as sure of himself as he was in a different world.”
Balfe talked about the new season, saying “It’s really nice to have gone back and to be doing something different. You have a slight fear that when you come back for Season 2, it’s going to feel like Groundhog Day or something. Like you never left. But it doesn’t. It feels so different.” She said visually, the first half of the show will look very, very different. She said she wants to move into her Paris apartment. We will definitely see the famous red dress from the book. She also said it took a while to get used to the pregnancy prosthetics.
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